Talking Heads: What will you miss most about The Journal?

Outgoing staff share what they'll miss about working at The Journal.


"Who knew that when my dad off-handedly suggested I join a student newspaper in first year, this would become my home away from home. I will miss all the laughter the newsroom holds on Thursday nights, coffee runs, making TikToks and all my good friends. I will not miss Borat impressions, listening to Taylor Swift and formatting for web." Jodie Grieve, Volume 148 Photos Editor



"Took me one year at The Journal to know I never wanted to work as a journalist, but I stayed two more years because of the amazing people I met and knew I would meet. Aside from the people, I’ll miss walking through the maze of chairs in the layout room, watching anyone but myself lay out their section, and the amazing sleep that always follows a Journal press night. Now I have to find out what to do with 3 years worth of papers, I guess it's time to get into paper mache." Tessa Warburton, Volume 148 Production Manager 



"Even though I only got to know The Journal in my final year at Queen’s, I loved it with my whole entire heart. Aside from missing the excitement of getting assigned a big news story and seeing my name in print every week, I’ll miss the incredible community I got to spend my time with this year, both online and in-person. I’m beyond excited to see what all of us do after The Journal, and excited to watch on as Volume 149 crushes it in the coming year. Thursday nights will forever hold a special place in my heart." Cassidy McMackon, Volume 148 Assistant News Editor.



"What I’ll miss most about The Journal are all the amazing stories that were shared with me in interviews. While the prospect of covering a year without sports seemed daunting initially, I think it allowed us to shine a light on the people that make Queen’s Sports so special." Matt Funk, Volume 148 Sports Editor.



"I accepted this job a couple of days before Queen’s cancelled classes last March, imagining a more typical, in-person year at The Journal. Instead, thanks to Raechel and Matt’s leadership, my remote news room amazed me from afar with their enthusiasm for pursuing stories—and doing so with humour and empathy. This was a massive year for news, and the newsies rose to every challenge. I feel so lucky to have worked with this team of writers." Claudia Rupnik, Volume 148 News Editor



My talking head: After working for The Journal the past two years, there’s so many things I’ll miss: getting to meet and hangout with so many amazing people on staff (both at the house and over Zoom!), the adrenaline of a 3 am pressnight, and the many, relentless Crig jokes I can only hope next year’s staff won’t be subjected to. Having Thursday nights free again just won’t be the same!" Chloe Sarrazin, Volume 148 Editorials Editor



"Though it involved a lot more Zoom than I was anticipating, I loved my year on The Journal. I'll miss the thrill of reporting on a breaking news story, the satisfaction of getting a really good quote, and the stress of student elections season. Most of all, I'll miss this team--they're some of the most passionate, intelligent people I've met at Queen's, not to mention the biggest Taylor Swift fans. I hope to be back for Volume 150, but, until then, good luck to 149." Julia Harmsworth, Volume 148 Assistant News Editor



"Being an editorial illustrator for the journal has been one of the most memorable experiences I've had at Queen's. I'm going to miss the fun Zoom socials, weekly ed boards, and the late night rush to get my visuals in. I'm also so appreciative of having the room to experiment with my illustrations and personally grow as a result of it. Even though our time this year was virtual, I still felt like I was a part of the family. Thank you to the entire team for your support, and congratulations to everyone for your accomplishments this year! Best of luck to Volume 149!!" Ashley Chen, Volume 148 Editorials Illustrator. 



"I have had such an enriching and incredible experience at The Journal, gaining first-hand knowledge within a remote newsroom. Thank you to my outstanding section head and fellow staff members for the mentorship and support! Best of luck to incoming staff and contributors, I look forward to seeing what is in store for Volume 149." Simone Manning, Volume 148 Assistant News Editor 



"Writing for The Journal  has been more fulfilling than any class or essay. I’m going to miss interviewing amazing artists every week, and getting free early access to songs and movies. Being Arts Editor for Volume 148 was the role of a lifetime and a privilege I won’t soon forget." Nathan Gallagher, Volume 148 Arts Editor.


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